Do you know that feeling when you are searching for something and then you find what you need? How about screaming when it actually works out better than you anticipated?
I LOVE finding a game that allows my children to both learn and develop a few skills at the same time. Recently I turned to Amazon (where would I be without it?) to find a few fine motor games for pencil grasp development.
I cannot stress how important fine motor skills are as it relates to pencil grasp development. If you need a quick refresher then read 5 Tips for Pencil Grasp Development with Preschoolers as well as 5 Fine Motor Activities to Encourage Your Child’s Pencil Grasp.
Fine Motor Tools and Games for Pencil Grasp Development
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- Fine Motor Set
I have actually lost count of how many times we have used items from the set. We are particularly fond of the handy scooper, the gator grabber as well as the squeezy tweezer.
- Play Dough
Honestly, play dough is one of the most used items by my kids. In fact, I recently shared a video on my FB page showing that we only had 2 left!! Yup time to stock up again.
When these bad boys come out, just know that your kids are working hard on those visual motor skills that are important for learning to write.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set – 100 Blocks in 4 Colors and 9 ShapesMelissa & Doug Standard Unit Solid-Wood Building Blocks With Wooden Storage Tray (60 pcs)Cubbie Lee 50 pc Classic Wooden Building Blocks Set w/ Storage Bucket – for 3, 4, 5 Year Preschool Age Kids – Hardwood Colorful Safe Wood Blocks for Boys & Girls – Basic Build & Play Stacking Toy
- Stack It, Peg it Game
This game allows your kids to stack pegs or even simply sort by color with the mats. If they love stacking blocks, they will love stacking pegs.
Stack it Peg Game With Board Occupational Therapy Autism Fine Motor Skills by Fun Express- Single Foam Board and 30 PegsStacking Peg Board Set Toy | JUMBO PACK | Montessori Occupational Therapy Early Learning For Fine Motor Skills, Ideal for Toddlers and Preschooler, Includes 60 Plastic Pegs & 3 Board | With Storage Ba
This game will be ideal for when I need to get a quick task done or if the kids need a quick sorting activity during their quiet time. The bugs will also make excellent math counters.
Mini Muffin Match Up
In addition to fine motor skills development that will help with pencil grasp, these bad boys help your kids to develop:
- color recognition
Wooden Lacing Cards and Life Skills Learn To Dress Boards
Want to work on fine motor while helping your kids work on life skills? These boards allow your kids to zip, snap, lace as well as learn how to button, to buckle and tie.
Yoovi Early Learning Basic Life Skills Learn to Dress Boards – Zip, Snap, Button, Buckle, Lace & Tie 6 pcs/setMelissa & Doug Alphabet Wooden Lacing Cards With Double-Sided Panels and Matching LacesMelissa & Doug Lace and Trace Activity Set: 5 Wooden Panels and 5 Matching Laces – Pets
Classic Peg Puzzles Bundle
These were a hit with my kids as they were growing up. It works their little fingers and they get immediate satisfaction when they match up the shapes with each space.
Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Peg Puzzles (Set of 3) – Numbers, Alphabet, and ColorsMelissa & Doug Animals Wooden Peg Puzzles Set – Farm, Pets, and OceanMelissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles Set – Farm, Safari, and VehiclesMelissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle (8 pcs)
Beads and laces are the perfect for helping fine motor skills develop. Below you can find a few examples.
Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads with 30 Beads and 2 lacesRAINBOW TOYFROG Jumbo String Beads with 65 Beads,4 Strings & Lacing Beads Set for Toddlers-Montessori Preschool for Occupational Autism Ot (with Storage Bag)MinYn Lacing Vehicles Toy Wooden Block Set String & Lacing Bead for Toddlers Kids City Cars Learning Play Set – 16 piecesMelissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set
Fine Motor Activity Books and Resources
If you want to find a few extra activities as well for more fine motor skills, then try a few of the ones listed in these book.
99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5 (Volume 1)100 Fine Motor Ideas: for Parents, Teachers & Therapists (Volume 2)SCHOOL ZONE – Preschool Practice Scissors Skills Workbook, Preschool and Kindergarten, Ages 3 through 5, Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye CoordinationFine Motor Skills, Grades Preschool – K (Basic Beginnings)Scissors Skills, Grades PK – 1: Gold Star Edition (Home Workbooks)